New report launched in Brazil

December 28, 2018

An extensive new report (in Portuguese only, for now) was launched on December 19, 2018 at Fiocruz in Rio. For the full text and data, head over to the other sections on this website.

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New accessibsa report launches soon in Brazil

December 11, 2018

On the 19th of December 2018, a new and extensive report analysing the monopoly and patent situation with key drugs procured by the Ministry of Health in Brazil will be launched at Fiocruz in Rio

Accessibsa meeting in Bangalore for key civil society activists & access to medicines experts

December 6, 2018

Between 2 & 3 December, 2018, the accessibsa project held a meeting in Bangalore for civil society activists and access to medicines experts. The meeting, held over two days, was primarily designed to explain the work of the accessibsa project, and connect our work to other work being done in India – as well as evolve a set of collective steps we can take in the future to improve access to medicines in India. The meeting was organised by Vivek Divan and Kajal Bhardwaj.

accessibsa panel at the Global IP Congress, Washington DC

September 29, 2018

On September 29, 2018, the accessibsa project presented some findings from our work at the Global IP Congress in Washington DC. Present on the panel: Feroz Ali (IIT Madras/India), Andrew Rens (American University/South Africa), Marcela Vieira (Human Rights Lawyer/ Brazil) and Achal Prabhala (Shuttleworth Fellow), along with discussants, Amy Kapczynski (Yale Law School) and Marumo Nkomo
(Department of Trade and Industry, Government of South Africa).


Watch video here: 

ABIA marches for access to Sofosbuvir

August 25, 2018

ABIA, in partnership with the accessibsa project, protested pharma giant Gilead’s pursuit of patents on Sofosbuvir, a critical Hepatitis-C drug in Brazil. ABIA urged the Brazilian government to reject Gilead’s one remaining patent application for Sofosbuvir, a move which would allow the more affordable generic to be legally available in Brazil.

For more, see here.



Images and video from demonstrations in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo:

Join us for the launch of STANDING UP FOR OUR LIVES!

July 20, 2018

Join us for the launch of STANDING UP FOR OUR LIVES – A History of the Access to Medicines Movement in South Africa, at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam on 24 July.

View the pdf at the link below.

Standing Up For Our Lives!


You can see Section27’s history of access to medicines in South Africa, with text, audio and video, here:

Standing Up For Our Lives – A History of the Access to Medicines Movement in South Africa.

July 8, 2018

We supported Section27 to compile a multimedia project that examines the rich and storied history of the fight for access to medicines in South Africa. The project, which will be launched and released by Section27 and the Treatment Action Campaign will be released at the upcoming International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam and with written accounts of the history in South African media.

Meanwhile, you can learn more about the historic events in the fight for access to medicines, with new interviews and analysis, here.

Video of the DTI event on Innovation & Intellectual Property in South Africa, May 15, 2018

May 28, 2018

Featuring Marumo Nkomo, Tim Burrell, Alison Dyer, Jonathan Berger & Achal Prabhala, and hosted by Wiser, Wits University, Johannesburg.

Here’s the video: